Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Towards an Exihibition!

This week I've been painting towards an exhibition at the end of this month which came up suddenly.Last week I've been invited to exhibit in a gallery in Ankara in replacement of an artist who dropped out.As it is in another city I will be able to exhibit my works previously exhibited in Istanbul plus some new ones but I still need to paint a few more.
This is around 40x60cm but will be cropped to half sheet size 56x37cm to fit an available mat and frame.Turned out to be more colorful than I intended.The bright red spot at the rh side is not that bright IRL. May try this with a different palette as I'm not very happy about it.Hahnemuehle Toscana 200gsm with Schmincke colors.
It is based on a reference photo by a friend ,Melissa Fischer,with some artistic license.

Friday, October 10, 2008


This is Larissa,Nicholas Simmons' beatiful daughter.Nick is an online friend and artist from Wetcanvas .He kindly gave permission to post my painting online.
I had immediately thought to do a painting of her when Nick posted some pictures of his family last year.I finally got around to do it today.It is on 1/4 sheet size Hahnemuehle Torchon 275 gms paper.I'm kind of beginning to like this paper for portrait work(see my "Ceren") .It gives a looser effect if you work wet on wet.As usual with my portrait work of small children she looks older than she is but she is hopefully at the age now she looks!

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Big Ben my Way

As I mentioned somewhere below,I was in London Area last Spring.Been to London for only a couple of hours and only took a quick tour mostly looking for an eye shade(sleeping mask?) and a fragrance for Canan,my wife(the C here like in Ceren pronounced like J BTW).

I didn't take any pictures in London but was marvelled again by the glowing intricate details in architecture of the House of Parliement and the Clock Tower mostly referred as Big Ben .It was a great sight under the afternoon sun.

This painting is based on a photo I took in 1985.

It is on half sheet ,50x35cm Britannia.Usual Schmincke colours and Quin Gold from W&N.


As I didn't much like the undefined areas in her neck I made some modifications,hope it looks better now.

Ceren is my niece.I took the reference photo many,many years ago.She was a beatiful child.
I did this yesterday on a Hahnemühle paper,I don't know the name,Torchon maybe? It is 1/4 sheet size(25x35cm).It has a different texture from my usual Britannia.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Variations on an Old Sketch

A small imaginary sketch I did and saved in my hd couple of years ago inspired me yesterday to do a redo in a more serious manner because I like the posture of the main figure.I cannot remember the size as I can't locate it now.I wasn't entirely happy with my first effort yesterday so I did another one. First one is half sheet,second is 30x50cm,third image is a close up.